Made New

This savvy artist turns one-cent metal bits into priceless museum pieces

Webber works in mass-produced items with low value, and then meticulously removes the very thing that gave item any value at all. Her screws can no longer hold pieces of wood together

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What Waskerd’s handmade wallets say about modern consumer life

His tools are solid and worn. Some of them are handmade, like the long, purple, wooden implement he uses to tie knots. Then there’s the arbor press on the floor. He has conflicted feelings about the arbor press.

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How one South Philly jewelry shop elevated ethics and craftsmanship

Bario-Neal’s artisans put their methods, their materials and their morality on display alongside the sale cases.

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Here’s a good way to focus your mind: Have someone try to poke you with a sword

At the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia, a very old sport resonates afresh with the young generation.

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Why one urbanite keeps on putting food in jars

Marisa McClellan’s Center City apartment is filled with jars. Jars on shelves. Jars in cupboards. Jars in closets. Jars under couches.

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Evil Genius Beer wants to take over the world—one tap at a time

Evil Genius beers all have distinctive names; in addition to Trick or Treat, there’s Hunchback, Naughty or Nice, Pure Evil and a host of variations on that craft-beer standard, the IPA: Evil Eye PA, Black Eye PA, Blind Eye PA.

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Why shooting a bow and arrow still matters in 2013

One urban intellectual’s attempt to get back in touch with his inner woodsman.

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